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Turning a New Page in the Discussion Around Mental Health

On October 10th, 2021, organizations around the world participated in activities and events in recognition of World Mental Health Day (WMHD). WMHD commemorates the first celebration in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health to raise awareness and be a platform for advocating against social and mental stigmas. While recognizing this day is important,…

How the Pandemic is Worsening the Mental Health Crisis for Many Canadians

In the last 18 months, there has been a rise in the number of cases related to anxiety and depression in Canada. Individuals are concerned about the future, balancing home and work life with the added stresses caused by the pandemic, facing the uncertainty of returning to school and the workplace, and the surge in the Delta variant cases.

Mental Health is Real

Good mental health, like good physical health, is important to human wellbeing. As the World Health Organization (WHO) puts it, ‘Mental health is an integral part of health; indeed, there is no health without mental health’. And the mental health of employees is a critical element in the success of any organisation.

How to Make the Most of a Hybrid Work Model

By Tiara Puspita
There is no denying that the pandemic has changed the way we work. As companies begin to return to office spaces, there is a need to start considering some changes on how people should return to work. Some companies increase remote working, while others consider different types of work arrangements, including remote and onsite working, and this is what we called the hybrid work model.

Processing the Loss of a Family Member by Suicide

By Leila Raffoul
World Suicide Prevention Day, observed on September 10, aims to bring awareness around suicide prevention and mental illnesses that lead to suicide. Learning of the loss of a loved one by suicide can bring on a form of complicated grief that is unlike grief experienced due to a loved one passing from other causes.

Six Ways to Extend That Summer Holiday Feeling

By Staff Writer
Summer can feel short-lived. By the end of August, you may feel down about summer coming to an end and the onset of the fall and winter months becoming busier with family and work responsibilities. The change of the season from summer to fall brings many changes, like the days getting shorter and having to adapt to new routines, which can all lead to some level of distress.

What is Single-Session Therapy?

By James Sussex
Therapy services around the world are under pressure. Although healthcare systems and the structure of counseling and psychotherapy referrals vary from country to country, therapy services in general have continued to grow year by year globally.

Depression, Anxiety, and Burnout: Where to Begin?

By James Sussex, MSc, BSc (Hons) “Despite knowing the signs, I thought that it was just a transitory thing—the ups and downs of everyday life. But then I crashed.”  (Anonymous, 2016). Even if we don’t know what they mean, most of us have heard of anxiety, depression, and burnout. It might be that we have…

Workplace Options participates in Bell Let’s Talk Day

Workplace Options will be joining in Bell Let’s Talk Day. This is an opportunity to drive awareness of mental health services, living up to our mission “We help people.

When an Employee Seems Suicidal: Managers Guide

By Staff Writer
Some have referred to COVID-19 as the “perfect storm” when it comes to suicide risk. While the disease itself causes sickness and death, its ripple effects include economic hardships, social isolation, and increased anxiety.

Four Steps for Addressing Sensitive Topics with Employees

By Staff Writer
Seasoned managers will tell you that addressing sensitive issues with employees is a common job function. While avoiding the topic may be more comfortable for the manager, it can hurt overall morale and potentially lead to staff turnover.

Recognizing and Responding to Employee Needs throughout COVID-19

By Staff Writer
COVID-19 is affecting everyone, but not everyone is impacted the same way. A managers may be among the first to recognize when an employee is struggling.

Now More Than Ever: Financial Wellness Education in the Workplace

By Darlette McCormick
Employees are facing a number of stressors related to COVID-19, including financial ones.

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week

By Meribeth Aldridge, IBCLC
World Breastfeeding Week is a global celebration held the first week in August every year to bring attention and awareness to breastfeeding.

How to respond to microaggressions at work

By Staff Writer
Microaggressions can damage work relationships by undermining trust and goodwill. They can hurt the morale and productivity of affected employees, and they can contribute to a toxic work environment.

Addressing the Issue of Racism with Your Black Children

By Dr. Kennette Thigpen, LCSW
It used to be that the tough growing-up talk parents had to have with their kids was about sex. Now, parents of Black children must worry about an additional talk: on racism, discrimination, and police brutality.

Six Key Areas to Consider When Evaluating Your At-Home Workstation

By Lauren Lisko
Creating an ideal work space setup for proper ergonomics can not only decrease the risk of discomfort and injury, it can also help increase productivity.

Helping Millennials Manage in a COVID-19 World

By Staff Writer
As companies re-open, managers should give special thought on how to help millennials adjust to the new normal, which will be anything but normal as continued flux is anticipated in many parts of the world.

How to talk about race at work

By Hal Morgan
Conversations about race can be awkward. Expect to stumble at times. Remember, this is an opportunity for learning and growth.

Building a resilient workforce in a world of (VUCA) Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity

By Staff Writer
In the business world, VUCA is a term that acknowledges the importance of positioning an organization for success despite the uncertainty brought about by turbulence and rapid change.

Managing Anxiety When Returning to Work After COVID-19

By Staff Writer
Many employees are beginning to return to the workplace. Unfortunately, ongoing concerns related to COVID-19 will follow them.

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